With American manufacturing thinning every day and unemployment numbers growing higher, American workers are facing a difficult time. The poor economy once again brings up the issue of how American made products can fuel the economy. Last year ABC anchor Diane Sawyer began a “Made in America” series saying if every American spent an extra $3.33 on American made goods, it would create almost 10,000 new jobs in the country. But finding Made in USA products that is not really expensive can be a challenge sometimes. This holds true specially for fashion and retail industry where consumers want almost ‘disposable’ clothing, fashionable enough to keep up with the trends and cheap enough to discard easily when the trend changes. Even though the American retail market is saturated with merchandise made overseas, you can still buy fashionable and affordable great quality clothing that is made right here at home. Here are some American companies that sell fashionable clothes and accessories made in USA.
Fresh Produce – Since 1984, Fresh Produce has been designing, manufacturing and making women and kids fashion apparel in California. The company manufactures more than 80% of its clothing and purchases more than 90% of fabric in America. They have clothing in plus sizes too.This summer, celebrate the American spirit with their beautiful dresses and show your pride in their limited edition Made in USA T-shirts. The colorful and stylish clothing can be purchased in any of their 25 company owned boutiques and over 500 retailers all over the country.
Rag & Bone – Established in 2002, Rag & Bone is an upscale American brand that manufactures the majority of their clothes in factories in America. They offer clothing for men and women and footwear and accessories which are available at high end boutiques and department stores worldwide. Rag & Bone also operates four flagship stores on Christopher Street in NYC’s West Village, as well as a SoHo shop at 119 Mercer Street.
Etsy.com – Etsy.com is a market place for small business that do not have brick and mortar stores. This is a great place to find clothes and accessories that are made in USA, and often handmade by artists and craftspeople. Etsy jewelry stores are specially known for their individual artistic spirit.
Overstock.com- You may not know it, but online retailer Overstock.com has a section dedicated to made in USA clothes, shoes at a bargain price.
Modcloth – Started in 2006 in Pittsburgh, this company works with a lot of indie designers and has grown into one of America’s fastest growing retailers. Though all of its merchandise is not made in USA, you can still find a big selection of made in USA dresses, blouses and skirts there.
LuLu’s – This California based online retailer was started in 1996. They also source part of their clothing from overseas, but you can find more than 600 pieces of clothes and accessories that is made in America.
Necessary Clothing – Necessary Clothing is an American retail clothing and shoe store chain with five stores located on the Noho/Soho/Tribeca Broadway strip in New York City. Aimed at a younger female demographic, the company has a good collection of American made inexpensive and stylish clothes like their made in USA denim
2020 Avenue – 2020ave.com is an online retailer based in San Francisco where you can find affordable and trendy made in USA clothes – like this beautiful lace top, this peplum dress and colored pants.
For more stores that sell made in USA clothing, check out this comprehensive guide at americansworking.com